The 12th Second of Christmas

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This year ‘2012’ provides us with a truly unique moment in time on the 12th minute after 12 O’Clock & 12 Seconds, on the 12th Day of the 12th Month, 2012… Epic!.

But it got me thinking…how do we capture that moment… this precise second.

I came up with the idea to use my graphic design skills to create a typographical christmas wreath to symbolise this moment, although ‘thankfully’ through the design process it developed into a more fitting and festive ‘Christmas Tree’ thanks to observations from others.

The next stage was choosing the perfect typeface to build this yuletide moment in time, but I have to say… this was the easy part, as the typography company Aerotype had sent me a Promo PDF of their latest ‘Tattoo’ typeface Keepsake that had the most beautiful Glyphs, which can add so much character to any piece of typography. Although beautiful as it was, I couldn’t afford to buy this gorgeous font for my simple task at hand, luckily I managed to extract from their PDF what I needed to create my christmas typo tree (sorry Aerotype, no copyright infringement intended)… all in the name of Art.

Below is a ‘Tiled Gallery’ of my initial sketch ideas and all the ‘design-development’ concepts which lead to the final piece… but lets not forget this all stemmed from that 12th Minute after 12 O’Clock & 12 Seconds, on the 12th Day of the 12th Month 2012
a true festive fragment in time

Designed & Created by Me 🙂

The Sky at Night

RIP Sir Patrick Moore

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Pleiades (The Seven Sisters)

If you read this blog, you’ll know I love Astronomy and the Planets, so it’s such sad news for me that the inspiration and institution that is Sir Patrick Moore from the BBC’s The Sky at Night has passed away, he really inspired me right to the very end in more ways than one, it was only the other day on the 6th of December that I feel asleep on the sofa, when I woke up Patrick Moore was on the TV talking about Mercury and the Moon and the latest news from Messenger which is over Mercury at the moment. He more poignantly talked about that it was forty years since the Moon was last visited by man in December 1972 and looked at the legacy that the Apollo 17 missions have left. After the programme finished at 1.30am in the morning, ‘totally inspired’ I got the camera out and spent some time in the garden taking photos of the Orion Constellation and Nebula, also Pleiades (The Seven Sisters) and wider star field shots on what was a crystal clear and cold night. Hopefully one those many stars will be twinkling for him now.

These pictures (which were already named Sky at Night over Leeds) are for you Patrick
…A true inspiration.

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Orion Constellation
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Orion Nebula
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Sky at Night over Leeds